5OS01 Specialist Employment Law

5OS01 Specialist Employment Law examines important aspects of work laws and their legal setup. It looks closely at how HR professionals must consider legal rules from various places when performing their duties.

What will you learn

In 5OS01, you’ll understand why employment rules exist and how they’re put into action. You’ll assess the goals and purposes of these rules, and also see how courts and tribunals enforce them. You’ll study discrimination laws, lawful hiring practices, and changes in contracts, along with managing issues like pay, working hours, and flexible work rights, all in accordance with the law.

This unit is suitable for persons who

This unit is designed for those who:

  • Aim to start a career in people management or are just getting started.
  • Work in a people practice role and want to use their skills to enhance organizational value.
  • Are either striving for or already in a people manager position.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, learners will:

  • Grasp the importance of employment regulations and how they’re applied in real-world scenarios.
  • Comprehend the lawful methods for conducting recruitment and selection processes.
  • Understand the lawful procedures for managing changes and reorganizations.
  • Understand how to lawfully address issues concerning pay and working hours.

Assessment Questions

Week 1 reflection

Time to reflect

Use the following questions to guide you:

  • Why do you think employment law is important?
  • Can you think of any occasions when your organisation may have breached legislation?

What were the consequences?

  • Do you feel employment law does enough to protect employees? If not, what new laws would you introduce?
  • Alternatively, do you think the law goes too far? If so, what regulations would you repeal?
  • How well does the Employment Tribunal process work? In what ways could it be Improved?

Week 2 reflection

Time to reflect

Use the space below to record your answers to these questions.

  • Is it discriminatory to exclude candidates based on the fact that they are not eligible to work in the UK?
  • If an applicant requires sponsorship, can an employer deny this expense?
  • Are employers legally obliged to advertise a job vacancy internally and externally?
  • What job interview questions should an employer avoid so as not to be discriminatory?
  • What should an employer do if a person does not disclose their pregnancy during an interview?
  • Should employers always appoint the highest qualified candidate for the vacancy?

Week 3 reflection

Time to reflect

When answering the questions, consider these prompts:

• Is redundancy always fair?

• What are some alternatives to redundancy?

• Are selection pools a good idea?

• Why is consultation important?

• Is a notice period necessary?

• How should an employee be informed about their imminent redundancy?

Week 4 reflection

Time to reflect

Now that you know more about employment law in these contexts, reflect on the following:

  • Does legislation do a good job of balancing the needs of employers and employees?
  • What could the Government and employers do to try to bring the gender and ethnicity pay gap down?
  • Do you think there will be a time when working a nine-to-five day in the office becomes the exception rather than the norm?

Week 5 reflection

Time to reflect

In light of this, take some time to reflect on the following questions:

  • Should organisations offer the same rates of pay for maternity and paternity leave when parents choose to share their parental leave?
  • Do you think shared parental leave will achieve its aim of removing the perception that it is mainly a woman’s role to stay at home and look after the child’?
  • What else could organisations do to make parental leave offerings less biassed?

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